Why do we live the way we do?
We live as per the rules of this world, the rules laid down since antiquity. We work, relax, earn, spend, gain, loose, sow and reap. Many of us attribute all this things happening in our lives to God and claim that God has willed it to happen so.
But is this true? I personally do not believe that God’s plan happens in our life by itself. We have to strive for it to come to pass,I think so primarily because, Jesus taught us to pray for Father’s will to happen in this Earth as it is in heaven (Mat. 6:10) and Paul asks us not be conformed to this world and to renew our minds in order to know the good, acceptable and perfect will of God. (Rom. 12:2)
But why do we live the way we do? We partner with the unrighteous mammon to get a better standard of living for us and for our loved ones. But how much do we partner for how better a life? Is it for a life, as good as or better than that which our parents gave us? As good as or better than our neighbours’? We love ourselves and our families so much that we want to give the best in comfort, food, clothes, social standing and education.
But what is God’s standard? Jesus asks His disciples to take no thought about what to eat or to put on (Luk 12:22) but asks us to seek the Kingdom of God. He promises that all these things shall be added unto us (Luk 12:31). We should provide for our own (1 Tim 5:8) but I believe that it should be from what God gives us.
Jesus said that where our treasure is there our heart will be also (Mat. 6:21) If we treasure the things in this Earth then our treasure is not with our Father in Heaven. Then how can we worship Him with our whole heart? Let us stop serving this world since it will deal unrighteously with us and start living in the Kingdom of God.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body and what shall you put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body more than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, what shall we eat? or, what shall we drink? or, wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the worldly seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.